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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix FT20

Wide angle
Wide angle lens
25 mm
Size
Really small
Super compact 101x58x19 mm
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Thickness
Thin
0.7"
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus Tough TG-320

Size
Really small
Compact 96x63x23 mm
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 
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differences

Advantages of the Olympus TG-320

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3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Aperture Wider aperture f/3.5 vs f/3.9
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At its widest zoom, the TG-320's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Macro focus Better macro capability 3 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
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Advantages of the Panasonic FT20

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Wide angle Better wide angle 25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 260 shots vs 150 shots
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More than 70% more shots per battery charge
Size Smaller 101x58x19 mm vs 96x63x23 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Image stabilization Better image stabilization Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Thickness Thinner 0.7" vs 0.9"
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Around 20% thinner
Weight Slightly lighter 142 g vs 155 g
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Around 10% lighter
Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures 8s vs 4s
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2x longer exposures
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent waterproof cameras, and ignoring price

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        similarities

        Compared to recent compacts

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
        Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
        Waterproof Waterproof Help
        Great at the beach
        Thickness Thin Help
        TG-320:0.9"
        FT20:0.7"
        Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
        CCD
        Supports RAW No RAW support Help
        Less editing fidelity
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        TG-320:0.6 fps
        FT20:1.3 fps
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        1,600 ISO
        Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
        230k dots
        Screen size Very small screens Help
        2.7"
        Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
        720p @ 30fps
        Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
        TG-320:f/3.5
        FT20:f/3.9
        Zoom Poor zoom Help
        TG-320:3.6x
        FT20:4x

        Compared to recent waterproof cameras

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
        Usually standard
        Size Fairly small Help
        TG-320:96x63x23 mm
        FT20:101x58x19 mm
        Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
        TG-320:Sensor shift
        FT20:Lens
        GPS No built-in GPS Help
        Missing geo-tagging
        External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
        Limited to the in-camera mic
        High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
        Not supported
        Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
        TG-320:28 mm
        FT20:25 mm

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix FT25

        Panasonic Lumix FT25

        Waterproof

        $182

        Longest exposure Much longer exposures
        Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
        Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
        Olympus TG-620

        Olympus TG-620

        Waterproof

        $180

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        Size Is slightly larger
        Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3

        Waterproof

        $412

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Panasonic Lumix FT5

        Panasonic Lumix FT5

        Waterproof

        $298

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Fujifilm FinePix XP50

        Fujifilm FinePix XP50

        Waterproof

        $100

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Nikon Coolpix AW110

        Nikon Coolpix AW110

        Waterproof

        $211

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Nikon Coolpix AW100

        Nikon Coolpix AW100

        Waterproof

        $250

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Size Is slightly larger

        Olympus TG-320 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Olympus TG-820 iHS

        Olympus TG-820

        Waterproof

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

        Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

        Waterproof

        $299 - $314

        Aperture Much wider aperture
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Size Significantly larger
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Olympus TG-630 iHS

        Olympus TG-630 iHS

        Waterproof

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Weight Slightly heavier
        Olympus mju Tough 3000

        Olympus mju Tough 3000

        Waterproof

        Macro focus Better macro capability
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Olympus TG-610

        Olympus TG-610

        Waterproof

        $276

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Screen size Larger screen
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT10

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT10

        Waterproof

        Aperture Wider aperture
        Continuous shooting Shoots faster
        Wide angle Much worse wide angle
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Nikon Coolpix S32

        Nikon Coolpix S32

        Waterproof

        $107 - $188

        Aperture Wider aperture
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Size Much larger
        Wide angle Worse wide angle
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT4

        Panasonic Lumix FT4

        Waterproof

        3D Takes 3D photos
        Aperture Wider aperture
        Size Significantly larger
        Wide angle Worse wide angle
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT2

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT2

        Waterproof

        Aperture Wider aperture
        Longest exposure Much longer exposures
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Wide angle Worse wide angle

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        Olympus TG-320 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20
        Olympus TG-320 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20

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